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Jimmy Coates began life in Killer. He’s a boy with a secret that even he didn’t know about – until suddenly, his hidden skills are called upon and he finds out he can do some pretty cool stuff! Part boy, part weapon and totally deadly, we’ll be leading you through some of Jimmy’s most exhilarating moments as he fights for freedom and survival from the covert government department that created him.

Author Joe Craig will be reading excerpts from his Jimmy Coates series, which will be set to music by Alice composer Jacob Bride, with interpretation by exciting young street dance crew, CYC. Suitable for all the family, this will be an exciting Sunday afternoon of literary inspired dramatic urban dance.

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Following the performance, Joe will host a Q&A and also sign copies of his books, which will also be available to buy. Thanks to his bestselling Jimmy Coates thrillers he is now considered “one of the best spy kids authors… outstanding at both writing and plotting” (The Times, London) alongside Anthony Horowitz, Charlie Higson and Robert Muchamore.

Since studying Philosophy at Cambridge University he’s been a songwriter, a comic, a public speaking and conversation coach, a semi-pro cricketer, and now tours the world entertaining crowds at schools and festivals, where his tall tales, improvised stories, and surprising theories about writing have enthralled and entertained audiences every bit as much as his books.

His website is and on Twitter, Facebook and instagram, he’s @joecraiguk

CYC (Cyber Youth Connection) is a cross-border project for young people aged 11 to 19, offering classes in subjects as diverse as mechanics, cookery and music and dance. Young people learn about French language and culture, whilst taking part in fun skill based workshops.

The street dancers recently took part in the very successful Renc’Arts Festival in Brest and we’re very pleased they’re able to play a part in Assassin.

Jacob Bride is a musician, composer and orchestrator from Kent who began his musical journey in the Medway towns where he studied violin, viola, singing and percussion at the King’s School in Rochester from the age of eight. Jacob has performed all over the UK (and Europe) in countless orchestras and ensembles since the age of sixteen. He studied composition at university in Canterbury, and now lives in Broadstairs working as a full time composer, orchestrator for films and the concert hall, and as a session musician in studios and theatres around London and Kent.

Jacob Bride

Jamie Godfrey is a freelance music producer and electronic composer from Kent. His musical career began learning drums and percussion at school, and performing with the various ensembles within the music department. Having graduated from Christ Church University with a degree in creative music technology, Jamie now produces and engineers freelance sessions and produces all of Jacob Bride’s compositions and recordings. He has worked on several films as music editor and soundscape designer.

Jamie Godfrey

Both Jacob and Jamie perform regularly with their bands ‘Larkspur’ and ‘Brides of Rain’.

Graham Sykes has been involved in the performance, creation and production of music for over 35 years. A professional, gigging musician, singer/songwriter/producer and founder member of The Bubbleband with many, varied musical influences & tastes. He has created music for a Channel 4 documentary and constructed some incidental music and audio for the Channel 4 TV series ‘Teachers’. Presently taking time off from performing, Graham enjoys writing music that deliberately cuts across genres and musical boundaries and is currently involved in some exciting projects including exploring the ‘natural voice’ approach to participatory singing in order to help overcome some of the problems encountered by those who have severe learning challenges.

Graham Sykes

Assassin takes place at Lords Wood Sports and Social Club on Sunday, October 5th 2pm-5pm. Tickets from just £3 are available, as well as family tickets – Under 5s go free – book here.

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Author Marcus Alexander

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An Evening with Sunny Ormonde


The opening event of Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know will be “An Evening with Sunny Ormonde” – the outrageous and raunchy Lilian Bellamy from BBC Radio 4’s The Archers, the world’s longest running soap. Sunny has been touring this hilarious and heart-warming one-woman show for the past eighteen months, and we are delighted to host her at the Rochester Literature Festival.

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